Real Thoughts with Dylan

November 28, 2017

Joey Volquartsen Anecdote

Filed under: Uncategorized — Dylan @ 11:26 am

In order to survive a role in a theater production, one must remain ambitious. Joey Volquartsen proved her ambition with not only one role, but three roles at one time during her high school career.

In the summer after her senior year of high school, she auditioned for a local production of the musical “Bye Bye Birdie”. She was able to attain a role in the chorus, but wanted more. She was told that she had talent, but lacked the experience needed to succeed. Because of this, she decided to audition for two more shows, “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee”, and “Hello Dolly”. These auditions proved to be successful, as she earned leading roles in both shows.

This left Joey with a tough decision to make. Which role would she choose? She noticed that each show occurred in a different month in the summer, and because of this she decided to take all three roles. In a normal day, she would head to Red Oak, IA in the morning to rehearse for one show, take a 45 minute drive south to Clarinda for rehearsals in the afternoon for the second show, and travel another 30 minutes northeast from Clarinda to make it to Corning for evening rehearsals for the last show.

While she was able to maintain doing the three roles at once, there were many times during rehearsal where one role would bleed into the other. “I remember during one rehearsal I forgot which show I was doing and spoke in a lisp like I do for one show, even though it wasn’t the right show for it.” Other than small mishaps like that, Joey successfully acted in all three roles that summer and gained the experience she sought out.


1 Comment»

  1. Quite good, Dylan. Good, detailed anecdote. The Red Oak to Clarinda to Corning (?!) reveals a lot to people who know the area.

       fuglsang — December 4, 2017 @ 8:23 pm

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